Australian Harness Racing Rules 21-89
Meetings and Races

Please Note:   All forms mentioned in the Rules are available from State Controlling Bodies.  
 
Please Note:  On 1st March 2008 Harness Racing Australia Inc (HRA) replaced Australian Harness Racing Council Inc (AHRC) as the organisation's name.  All AHRC's formal structures, rules, regulations, policies, processes etc., now pertain to HRA, and any reference to Australian Harness Racing Council Inc, AHRC, Council or The Council shall mean Harness Racing Australia Inc or HRA.
 

Dates for meetings and races

21.  (1)  The Controlling Body may allocate to clubs and associations the dates on which meetings and races may be conducted.

(2)  Applications for dates must be lodged with the Controlling Body by the time stipulated by the Controlling Body.

22.  The date of a meeting shall not be changed except with the consent of the Controlling Body.

Nominations and acceptances

23.  (1)  A horse may be nominated for acceptance in a race.

(2)  Only the Controlling Body can accept nominations.

(3)  A horse shall be nominated by the persons, in the manner and form, and with the accompanying documentation, information and fees determined by the Controlling Body.

(4)  Without limiting sub rule (3), the Controlling Body may require the nominator of a horse to supply names and particulars of persons with an interest in the horse.

(5)  A horse cannot be nominated if it is not registered under these rules or if a current stable return has not been lodged.

(6)  (Rule 23(6) repealed, approved 29th October 1999)

(7)  A horse in which a disqualified person and the spouse or other domestic partner, or parent, sibling or child of a disqualified person have an interest shall not be nominated for a race without the consent of the Controlling Body.

(8)  A nomination is not voided by the death of 1 or more of the connections or nominator of the horse.

(9)  A nomination cannot be made after the closing time shown on the approved program except when the closing time is extended by the Controlling Body.

(10)  A nomination cannot be altered or otherwise changed after the closing time except with the consent of the Controlling Body or the Stewards.

(11)  (Rule 23(11) repealed, approved 29th October 1999)

(12)  A disqualified horse cannot be nominated for or start in a race.

(13)  The Controlling Body may reject a nomination without assigning any reason.

(14)  Once nominated for a race the Rules and policies of the Controlling Body conducting the race shall apply.

23A.  (1)  Where nomination is made in writing form R23-A shall be used.

(2)  Nominations shall be lodged with the Controlling Body in accordance with the advertised racing program.

(3)  If the last race of a nominated horse was outside the jurisdiction of the Controlling Body it must receive clearance from the Controlling Body of the place where that race occurred.

24.  Nominations for any race may be called for in heats or in qualifying divisions.

Stable returns

25.  (1)  (a) A stable return containing true and correct particulars must be lodged with the Controlling Body by the connections of a horse within the time and in the manner and form determined by the Controlling Body and the connections shall ensure that all particulars on the stable return are true and correct.  

(b)  Unless otherwise determined by the Controlling Body, a stable return shall be made on Form R25-A. 

(2)  In the event of a change to any of the particulars entered on the stable return, a fresh stable return containing the current particulars shall immediately be lodged with the Controlling Body.

(3)  If, after a horse is accepted but before the race is run, some dealing in or change of interest or event specified by the Controlling Body occurs, particulars thereof shall be furnished to, and in the manner and form determined by, the Controlling Body.

(4)  A person who fails to comply with any provision of this rule is guilty of an offence.

(5)  The Controlling Body may reject a stable return or impose on the return such conditions as it considers appropriate.

25A.  (1)  (Rule 25A(1) repealed - HRA approved 21.10.2016)

(2)   (Rule 25A(2) repealed - HRA approved 21.10.2016)

(3)   (Rule 25A(3) repealed - HRA approved 21.10.2016)

Security of horses

26.  (1)  The Controlling Body may in respect of any race determine all applicable security arrangements including those applying to a horse or horses.

(2)  Where a determination is made under sub rule (1) the connections of every horse accepted for the race shall upon acceptance or by such other time determined by the Controlling Body, notify the Controlling Body where the horse will be located from the time of notification until the start of the race.

(3)  Notification under sub rule (2) shall be in writing or given in such other form as the Controlling Body may require.

(4)  From the time of notification until the start of the race the connections shall ensure that the horse is located where it is notified to be and that it is available for inspection and testing by the Stewards.

(5)  A horse tested under sub rule (4) which is found to have a prohibited substance in or on its body or is considered by the Stewards to be otherwise unfit to race shall be withdrawn from the race.

(6)  Where security arrangements apply the Controlling Body may appoint persons to maintain surveillance of a horse.

(7)  The connections or other persons in charge of a horse shall not frustrate or hinder, or endeavour to frustrate or hinder, persons appointed under sub rule (6) from carrying out their duties.

(8)  Where security arrangements apply the connections shall comply with any direction given by the Controlling Body which, in its opinion, is necessary or conducive to the more effective implementation of those arrangements.

(9)  Without restricting the scope of sub rule (8), the Controlling Body may direct that a horse be brought to a nominated place by a certain time.

(10)  Where the connections or other persons fail to comply with any provision of this rule, the Stewards may withdraw the horse from the race.

(11)  A person who fails to comply with any provision of this rule is guilty of an offence.

Programs

27.  (1)  No club or other person or body shall publish or issue a program for a meeting or race except with the approval of the Controlling Body.

(2)  A draft of the proposed program shall be sent to the Controlling Body within the time, in the manner and form, and containing the information specified by the Controlling Body.

(3)  The Controlling Body may amend the draft or require the club or other person or body to amend it.

(4)  Approved programs shall be published or issued in accordance with the directions of the Controlling Body.

Starters

28.  (1)  The number of starters in a race is not to exceed the number fixed by the Controlling Body.

(2)  The Controlling Body shall determine the starting positions for a race.

Divisions

29.  With the approval of the Controlling Body a race may be run in divisions.

Unfitness to race

30. (1) The trainer or the person in charge of a horse that is included in the final acceptors for a race shall inform the Stewards as soon as practicable if the horse has been injured in any way or suffered any illness or condition that may affect its running in the race.

(2)  A horse described in sub rule (1) shall not start except with the approval of the Stewards.

(3)  Any person who fails to comply with sub rule (1) is guilty of an offence.

31.  A horse withdrawn from a race because of unfitness or injury shall not race within 6 days next following the date of withdrawal and within 6 days next following the date of the race from which it was withdrawn, except with the permission of the Stewards.

32.  A horse may race twice at the same meeting provided the races are not less than 1 hour apart and the horse is passed by veterinary examination as fit to compete.

Notification of win

33.  If a horse handicapped for a race wins another race before the running of the race in respect of which the horse has already been handicapped, the trainer must as soon as possible after the win notify the Stewards in a manner and form determined by the Controlling Body.

Conditions and restrictions

34.  (1)  The Controlling Body may make determinations concerning the conduct of a meeting or the running of a race.

(2)  Without restricting the scope of sub rule (1) determinations made thereunder may relate to the conditions, requirements, rights and privileges attaching to a meeting or race and the racing procedure which must or may be adopted by drivers during the course of a race.

35.  The Controlling Body may impose conditions or restrictions concerning the ages at which and distances over which horses may be trialled or raced.

35A.  (1)  A horse shall not compete in a race before 1st October in the racing year in which it attains the age of 2 years.

(2)  A horse shall not before 1st May in the racing year in which it attains the age of 2 years compete in a race in excess of 2200 metres.

(3)  A horse shall not compete in a trial before it attains the age of 2 years.

36.  A race shall not be less than 1609 metres except with the approval of the Controlling Body.

Officials

37.  A club shall ensure that all officials necessary in the opinion of the Controlling Body for the proper conduct of a meeting and its associated activities are appointed and are in attendance at the meeting.

38.  (1)  The Controlling Body may at any time disallow the appointment of a person as an official of a club or direct the removal from office of a person appointed as an official.

(2)  A club which fails to comply with any direction given under sub rule (1) is guilty of an offence.

39.  An official at a meeting may not appoint a deputy or assistant except with the approval of the Stewards.

40.  (1)  A person acting as an official at a meeting or a deputy of such person shall not -

(a)  bet or have a financial interest in any bet at that meeting; or

(b)  discharge any official function in respect of a race in which the person or deputy is financially interested or which may otherwise give rise to a conflict of interest.

(2)  A person who fails to comply with sub rule (1) is guilty of an offence.

Appointed times

41. (1)  A horse entered to race at a meeting shall be at the racecourse at which the meeting is to be conducted sixty minutes before the scheduled start time of the race or such other time as determined by the Controlling Body.

(2)  Once present in accordance with sub-rule (1), a horse shall remain within the stabling area until it has completed its racing engagement unless otherwise approved by the Stewards.

(3)  For the purposes of sub-rule (2), “stabling area” means that section of the racecourse at which the meeting is to be conducted used to stable horses entered to race at the meeting.

42.  (1)  If a horse is not at the racecourse by the appointed time mentioned in or determined under rule 41, the owner or trainer shall notify the club or other body conducting the meeting of that fact and the club or other body shall inform the Stewards.

(2)  A horse not at the racecourse by the appointed time mentioned in or determined under rule 41 may be withdrawn by the Stewards.

(3)  An owner or trainer who fails to comply with sub rule (1) or an official or representative of a club or other body who has been notified by an owner or trainer and fails to inform the Stewards or fails to ensure they are informed, is guilty of an offence.

43.  (1)  A driver engaged to drive a horse in a race shall report his attendance at the racecourse to the Stewards or the person authorised by the Stewards no later than 30 minutes prior to the official start time of the race or at such other time as prescribed by the Controlling Body.

(2)  A driver who fails to comply with sub-rule (1) is guilty of an offence.

Licensed Persons Reporting Before Leaving Course

43A.  (1)  A driver, trainer or person in charge of a horse engaged in a race and the horse shall remain on the racecourse for at least 30 minutes after the race unless permission to leave is granted by the Stewards.

(2)   A person who fails to comply with sub-rule (1) is guilty of an offence. 

Tactics

44.  (1)  A driver or 1 or more of the connections of a horse intending to adopt during a race tactics contrary to the horse’s usual racing pattern shall, as soon as practicable, so notify the Stewards.

(2)  The Stewards may approve or disapprove the change of tactics.

(3)  In the event of the Stewards approving a change of tactics, then in the absence of unforseen circumstances, the horse shall be driven in accordance with the approved change.

(4)  A person who fails to comply with sub rules (1) or (3) or changes tactics without approval given under sub rule (2) is guilty of an offence. 

(5)  For the purposes of determining the usual racing pattern of a horse, the Stewards shall take into account the manner in which the horse has been driven at its most recent starts.

Inspection

45.  (1)  A horse is ineligible to start in a race unless a steward or other person authorised by the Controlling Body is satisfied by physical inspection that the horse is the horse described in the registration certificate.

(2)   Where a steward or authorised person is satisfied in terms of sub rule (1), but considers some amendment is required to the certificate, the steward or authorised person shall take delivery of the certificate from the holder and forward the same and explanatory report and recommendation to the Controlling Body.

(3)  Where a steward or authorised person is not satisfied in terms of sub rule (1) the steward or authorised person shall prohibit the horse from racing and take possession of the certificate.

(4)  Where a steward or authorised person is satisfied in terms of sub rule (1) the steward or authorised person shall sign the certificate in the space provided thereon.

(5) A person shall ensure that the correct horse is presented to start in a race.

(6) A person who fails to comply with this rule is guilty of an offence.

Medical matters

46.  (1)  Subject to sub-rule (2) a club conducting a meeting shall have in attendance 2 trained ambulance officers properly equipped and an ambulance or some other suitable vehicle.

(2)  The provisions of sub-rule (1) do not apply to official trials and training tracks registered by a Controlling Body.

47.  A driver involved in an accident at a meeting must attend the medical or ambulance officer for assessment and any consequential treatment and must not drive in any subsequent race except with the approval of the Stewards.

Human Consumption of Products

48.  The Controlling Body may make determinations concerning consumption of food, beverages, drugs, and substances by persons discharging official duties, driving or managing horses or otherwise participating in meetings or races or having a connection with the harness racing industry and for the testing and examining of such persons.

Judging

49.  (1)  Races shall be judged by the judge or the judge's substitute.

(2)  Horses may be photographed at the finish of a race to assist the judge to determine finishing positions.

(3)  Horses shall be placed by the judge according to the order in which the horses' noses pass the winning post.

(4)  A horse shall be a finisher if at the time it passes the winning post, its driver is:-

(a)  holding the reins or any part thereof, or

(b)  touching any part of the sulky, or

(c)  in, on or within the confines of the sulky.

(5)  The judge may correct a mistake.

(6)  The judge's decision is final.

(7)  Notwithstanding sub rule (6) where, in the opinion of the Stewards, the judge has made a manifest error, which the judge declines to correct having been afforded opportunity to do so, or where in the opinion of the Stewards the judge was not in a position to determine the result, the Stewards shall stand the judge down for such period as they think fit.

(8)  Where sub rule (7) applies, the Stewards become the judges of the race in question.

(9)  Notwithstanding sub rule (8) the Stewards may declare a race void if the judge or a substitute was not in a position to determine the result.

Timekeeping

50.  (1)  The timekeeper shall take the time of the first horse and, where possible, the times of all other finishers.

(2)  A manual or electronic timing device or both of them may be used.

(3)  The timekeeper shall make an appropriate entry of the times taken and sign it.

(4)  Times so taken and entered are the official times and upon entry are to be publicly announced.

(5)  Times taken and entered cannot be altered except at the direction of the Stewards.

Recording races

51.  (1)  A club shall record in a manner to a standard required by the Controlling Body each race conducted by the club and furnish a copy of the recording to the Stewards.  

All clear

52.  (1)  The All clear steward at a meeting shall be the Chief Steward or some other steward appointed by the Chief Steward.

(2)  Where only 1 steward attends a meeting, that steward shall be the All clear steward.

(3)  After each race the All clear steward shall inspect placed horses and their drivers.

(4)  Placed horses and their drivers shall attend for inspection in the order in which they were placed.

(5)  A driver who fails to attend for inspection is guilty of an offence.

(6)  The horse driven by a driver found guilty of an offence under sub rule (5) may be disqualified from the race.

(7)  Sub rules (5) and (6) do not apply where the attendance of the driver has been dispensed with by the All clear steward.

(8)  After inspection and if there is no protest the All clear steward shall declare "all clear" and the declaration shall be announced or published by the club or other body conducting the meeting.

(9)  Unplaced horses and their drivers shall remain on the track as directed by the All clear steward until inspection under sub rule (3) is concluded.

(10)  In this rule "placed horses" are horses so designated by the All clear steward.

Cancellation - transfer - postponement

53.  (1)  Subject to the approval of the Controlling Body a meeting may be cancelled or postponed for a period not exceeding 7 days.

(2)  A postponed meeting is cancelled if not held within 7 days of the date originally allocated to it.

54.  If a meeting is cancelled nomination and acceptance fees shall be returned to the nominators.

55.  A horse nominated for a race may be transferred to another race at the same meeting by the Stewards or handicappers.

56.  (1)  Where the Controlling Body considers that insufficient nominations have been received for a race the Controlling Body or with its approval the club conducting the meeting, may cancel the race or transfer the nominations to another race or extend nominations for such race.

(2)  Where action is taken under sub rule (1) the club or a person authorised by the Controlling Body shall before declaration of acceptances inform the nominators of the affected horses of such action.

(3)  A nominator on being informed pursuant to sub rule (2) may withdraw the nomination.

57.  If a meeting is postponed scratchings may be rescinded with the approval of the Stewards.

Stops reruns and related matters

58.  If during a race held under artificial lights, a lighting failure occurs which is either total or would render racing hazardous, drivers shall pull up their horses and the race will cease.

59.  Where a race is rerun all horses shall compete unless permission to withdraw is given by the Stewards.

Forfeits and fees

60.  The nominator and owner of a horse is each liable for all fees relating to nomination or acceptance.

61.  (1)  A club must give reasonable notice to a nominator of the amount and payment date of any fee due and payable in respect of any race.

(2)  A club which fails to comply with sub rule (1) loses any right to the fees payable.

Disqualification for non payment

62.  (1)  If fees payable in respect of a horse’s participation in a race are not paid before the start, the Stewards may disqualify the horse.

(2)  If fees are paid by cheque or other instrument requiring clearance, then if that cheque or instrument is not cleared with the bank or financial house the Stewards may disqualify the horse.

Review of racing performance

63.  (1)  The Stewards may review the racing performance of a horse.

(2)  If the Stewards are satisfied that the racing performance of a horse is inconsistent or otherwise unsatisfactory they may declare it ineligible to race for such period as they think fit.

(3)  The Chairman or Deputy Chairman of Stewards may form the opinion and exercise the power conferred by sub rule (2).

(4)  To act under sub rule (3) it is not necessary that the Chairman or Deputy Chairman should have been present on any occasion when the horse concerned raced and the Chairman or Deputy Chairman as the case may be may form an opinion and reach a decision on the basis of information furnished by Stewards who were present.

(5)  A trainer shall take all reasonable measures to ensure that the racing performance of a horse is consistent.

(6)  A trainer who fails to comply with sub-rule (5) is guilty of an offence. 

Disqualification

64.  If a horse fails to start in a race from its correct handicap mark or its correct barrier position it may be disqualified or declared a non-starter in that race.

65.  If the Stewards find that a horse was ineligible to compete in a race they may disqualify it from the race or declare such horse a non-starter and make any consequent changes to the placings.

66.  A horse may be disqualified from a race if the horse -

(a)  crosses a horse without being clear of it;

(b)  jostles or interferes with a horse unless solely in response to the action taken by another horse or driver;

(c)  forces a passage where there is insufficient room;

(d)  forces a horse out of its ground;

(e)  races on the inside of a marker post or if its sulky or part thereof goes on the inside of a marker post;

(f)  interferes with another runner so as to cause that runner, or cause its sulky or any part thereof, to go inside a marker post;

(g)  being in the home straight and having a clear uninterrupted run to the post, changes course and thereby prejudices or advantages the chances of another runner.

(h) gains an unfair advantage.

Information and reports

67.  At the conclusion of a meeting the club which conducted it shall immediately forward to the Controlling Body such information about the meeting, and in such manner and form, as the Controlling Body may require.

68.  The Chief Steward of a meeting shall forward to the Controlling Body within such time after the conclusion of the meeting as the Controlling Body may appoint, a report about the meeting in such form and with such content as the Controlling Body may direct.

Match races

69.  A match race will not be run with less than 2 starters.

Futurity races

70.  (1)  The Controlling Body may determine a race to be a futurity race.

(2)  Futurity races shall be run under such rules as the Controlling Body may determine.

Derby

71.  The word "Derby" in the name of a race shall be used only in respect of a race for 3 year old horses.

Claiming races

72.  (1)  The Controlling Body may determine a race to be a claiming race.

(2)  Subject to rule 77 a horse cannot be claimed unless a claiming race is conducted and an official result declared.

(3) An official who is in any way involved in the conduct of a claiming race is ineligible to claim a horse from that race.

73.  (1)  In or with respect to a claiming race a person shall not -

(a)  claim directly or indirectly a horse owned, trained or driven by that person;

(b)  claim a horse for another person unless authorised in writing to do so;

(c)  enter into an agreement to claim or not to claim or to prevent or attempt to prevent a person from claiming a horse.

(2)  A person who fails to comply with any provision of this rule is guilty of an offence.

74.  Nothwithstanding rule 73 a horse owned by a syndicate or otherwise jointly owned may, where the syndicate or joint ownership arrangement is being dissolved, be claimed by a member of that syndicate or party to the joint ownership arrangement.

75.  (1)  The terms, conditions and procedures relating to the nomination of horses in a claiming race, the organisation and conduct of the race and the claiming of a horse from the race, shall be as determined by the Controlling Body.

(2)  Subject to any determination made under sub rule (1) the following applies -

(a)  The amount of the claiming price plus the fees payable in respect of the transfer of registration must be paid by the claimant to the Controlling Body or club conducting the race by either: 

        (i)         lodging a bank cheque marked "A/C Payee Only" or
        (ii)        establishing an appropriate credit arrangement".  

(b)  a current claiming race authorisation form duly completed and signed by the owner must be on file with the Controlling Body before the close of nominations for the claiming race in which the owner’s horse is to be a starter;

(c)  the claiming price for a horse in a claiming race is to be printed in the racebook;

(d)  a claim must be made on the approved form and be placed in the claim box not less than 15 minutes before the advertised starting time of the race and once made cannot be withdrawn;

(dd)  A person shall not lodge more than one claim for a horse in a claiming race;

(e)  the claim box shall be under the control of the Chief Steward;

(f)  the Chief Steward shall open the claim box no earlier than 15 minutes before the start of the race and no later than immediately after the race and determine the claims; 

(g)  should more than 1 claim be made for the same horse the successful claimant shall be determined by the Chief Steward by conducting a ballot;

(h)  a claimed horse with its head collar or halter and a detailed schedule in writing of the harness used on the horse and without altering or removing the horse’s shoes, shall be delivered immediately by the original owner or his trainer or authorised agent to the successful claimant upon authorisation of the Chief Steward;

(i)  every horse claimed shall race in the claiming event in the interest and for the account of the person who owned it at the time of acceptance for the race but, subject to paragraph (m) of this sub rule, title to the horse shall vest in the person who becomes the successful claimant immediately upon the start of the race and regardless of death or injury to the horse during the race;

(j)  the Chief Steward may require a claimant to declare that he or she is claiming the horse on the claimant’s own account;

(k)  for 30 days after claiming, a horse is ineligible to start in a race in the interest and for the account of the person who owned it at the time of acceptance for the claiming race, nor during that period shall the horse remain in or return to the ownership, care or management of that person unless it be reclaimed out of another claiming race; 

(k)(k)  for 30 days after claiming, a horse shall not remain in or return to the care or management of the trainer who trained it at the time of claiming except with the permission of the Chairman of Stewards, unless it be reclaimed out of another claiming race.  

(l)  any eligible horse in the declared field for a claiming race including emergencies can be claimed;

(ll)  where a horse is declared to race in a claiming race and is subsequently withdrawn on veterinary advice, the trainer shall at the time of its withdrawal produce a veterinary certificate stating precisely the reason for the withdrawal; 

(lll)  where a horse is declared to race in a claiming race and is subsequently withdrawn, the trainer shall if so directed by the Stewards bring the horse to the racecourse;

(m)  if a claimed horse returns a positive swab, the claimant may repudiate the claim within seven days of the claimant being notified by the Controlling Body that the first analysis of the swab has reported the presence of a prohibited substance or before the horse has its next start following that notification, whichever is the sooner and deliver the horse to the person who was the owner at the time of its acceptance for the claiming race;

(n)  where a horse is accepted for a claiming race, no transfer of ownership shall have any legal effect during the period commencing from date of acceptance and terminating upon the declaration of an official result in the claiming race;

(o) the Controlling Body or Club conducting a claiming race shall pay the price to the former owner as soon as possible after the transfer to the successful claimant has been registered by the Controlling Body. 

75A.  (1)  The owner, lessee and any other person with an interest in a horse to be nominated for a claiming race must:-

(a)  complete form R75-A and lodge it with the Controlling Body;

(b)  if the horse to be nominated is a filly or mare, declare whether the horse has been served or is pregnant and the term of the pregnancy as at the time of nomination. 

(2)  A person claiming a horse in a claiming race must complete form R 75-B and place it in the claim box.

(3)  If required by the Controlling Body a claimant shall pay as directed a sum by way of premium to insure the claimant’s risk.

76.  (1)  A person who fails to comply with paragraph (h) or paragraph (j) of rule 75(2) is guilty of an offence.

(2)  A person who deals with a horse contrary to the requirements of paragraph (k) of rule 75(2) is guilty of an offence.

(3)  Where a claimant repudiates a claim under paragraph (m) of rule 75(2) the owner of the horse at the time of its acceptance for the claiming race -

(a)  is liable to reimburse the claimant for moneys spent on the horse’s care and sustenance;

(b)  shall hold the claimant indemnified against any claim for the horse’s care and sustenance and also any claim arising out of the death of, or injury to, the animal not directly attributable to the negligence of the claimant.

(4)  A person who fails to comply with any provision of sub rule (3) is guilty of an offence.

(5)  A person who refuses to accept delivery of a horse pursuant to paragraph (m) of rule 75(2) is guilty of an offence.

(6)  If a person fails to comply with the requirements of sub-paragraph (b) of Rule 75A (1) and the horse is claimed, the claimant may repudiate the claim within seven (7) days of the claimant providing a veterinary certificate to the Controlling Body that the horse is pregnant with such certificate to be provided to the Controlling Body within fourteen (14) days of the claim. 

(7)  Where a horse is involved in an offence arising under this rule, the Controlling Body may take such action with respect to the horse as it thinks fit. 

77.  (1)  With the approval of the Controlling Body a horse may be claimed in a race which is not a claiming race.

(2) Where approval is given under sub rule (1) the provisions of rules 73, 74, 75 and 76 apply to the race in question unless the Controlling Body makes any alterations to suit the requirements of a particular race.

77A.  (1) A horse may not be claimed in a heat.

(2)  A horse which has qualified for the final is eligible to be claimed irrespective of whether the horse is in the declared field for the final or not and whether the horse participates in the final or not.

Official trials and other matters

78.  (1) The Controlling Body may determine a race or event to be an official trial, or a time trial.

(2)  A race or event referred to in sub rule (1) shall be conducted in accordance with the conditions determined by the Controlling Body.

Time performances and records

79.  (1)  The Controlling Body may determine a race or event to be a performance against time.

(2)  Performances against time must take place at meetings held in accordance with these rules.

(3)  The club conducting the meeting shall give such notice and publish such advertisement as the Controlling Body determines.

80.  (1)  In performances against time a horse must endeavour to equal or better a specified time.

(2)  A losing performance shall not be recorded.

81.  (1)  In performances against time a horse may be assisted by one or more horses acting as pacemakers.

(2)  Pacemakers must not precede the assisted horse nor be harnessed with or otherwise attached to it.

82.  If a horse breaks during a performance against time it shall be disqualified from that trial.

83.  In performances against time the whip shall be used solely in a way which complies with these rules.

84.  The result of a performance against time shall not be an official record unless a swab is taken before and/or after the trial and found negative.

85.  (1)  A record time, whether in respect of a race or performance against time, is one which has been approved as a record time by the Controlling Body.

(2)  Application for approval may be made in the manner and form determined by the Controlling Body.

(3)  An application shall be accompanied by such documentation, information and fees as the Controlling Body may determine.

85A.   A person seeking approval of a record time must arrange for form R85-A to be completed and submitted to the Controlling Body.

Offences and related matters

86.  A person who allows a horse to start or fails to prevent it from starting in a race from an incorrect handicap mark or from an incorrect barrier position is guilty of an offence.

87.  (1)  If a horse is ineligible for a race, its connections shall not nominate it for the race, or allow it to start or fail to prevent it starting, in a race.

(2) A person who fails to comply with sub rule (1) is guilty of an offence.

88.  (1)  Where a horse is withdrawn -

(a)  after the declaration of acceptances for a race; or

(b)  where there is no TAB betting on the race,

after the declaration of handicaps,

the Stewards may require the owner or trainer to satisfy them that there was good and sufficient reason for such withdrawal.

(2)  A person who fails to give the satisfaction required under sub rule (1) is guilty of an offence.

(3)  The horse concerned may be barred by the Stewards from participating in a race for a period specified by them, or pending satisfaction of such conditions as they impose.

89.  (1)  After the running of any race and for a period of 7 days thereafter if the owner, trainer, driver, stablehand or any person in charge of a horse is aware of or has knowledge of anything which may have affected the horse’s performance in that race, he or she shall report it immediately to the Stewards.

(2)  A person who fails to comply with sub rule (1) is guilty of an offence.

 

PLEASE NOTE:
Rules Effective from 1st September 1999 (State Controlling Bodies must adopt)
Rules Approved - 16th March 1999 (AHRC Meeting)
 

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